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Degree Options & Requirements

MA or MS Option

The Environmental Humanities Program offers either an MA or an MS; choose your degree when you apply to the Program. The primary distinction between the two Master's degrees offered by the Program is that the Master of Arts degree requires a "standard proficiency" in an approved language (see the Department of World Languages and Cultures Graduate Language Verification), while the Master of Science degree requires students to complete three research methods courses approved by the EH Director of Graduate Studies.

Required Courses

Students must complete a minimum of 33 semester hours, comprised of 27 hours of coursework and 6 hours for thesis, or project preparation. All students will complete:

  • EHUM 6101 (3) Foundations of Environmental Humanities
  • EHUM 6102 (3) Field Methods in Environmental Humanities
  • EHUM 6103 (3) Ecology of Residency
  • EHUM 6105 (3) Environmental Humanities Writing Seminar
  • EHUM 6850 (3) Issues in the Environmental Humanities Seminar - required for two semesters
  • EHUM 6804 (1) Tertulia - Discussion/reading group for the first three semesters
  • EHUM 6970 (6) Thesis Research - For thesis or project research

These courses provide a core understanding of theoretical and research perspectives represented in the Environmental Humanities, as well as an enriching cohort experience for interdisciplinary students.

Final work requirements

Thesis

Students electing the thesis option often are planning to further their academic work after EH. Thesis writers are required to complete a minimum of 27 hours of course work and six hours of thesis credit. Students prepare a thesis prospectus in consultation with his or her adviser and the supervisory committee, and after approval, files appropriate paperwork and a copy of the prospectus with EH. During the final semester, a public presentation and defense of the thesis is required. Once the student has made the revisions suggested by the supervisory committee, students have an additional 6 weeks to submit their properly-formatted thesis, including Final Reading Approval forms to the  Thesis Office for their release before graduation. Thesis writers should be very familiar with the Handbook for Theses and Dissertations

Project

Students who select the project option are required to complete at least 27 hours of course work and six hours of thesis credit and completion of a creative or applied project.  Students prepare a project prospectus in consultation with his or her adviser and the supervisory committee, and after approval, files appropriate paperwork and a copy of the prospectus with EH. A public presentation and defense of the project is required in the final semester. Once the student has made the revisions suggested by the supervisory committee, a bound copy of the project must be filed in Environmental Humanities.

Exam/Non-thesis

Students who select to take an exam must complete at least 33 hours of course work and pass a comprehensive examination administered by the supervisory committee. Election of the non-thesis option must be made and approved by the supervisory committee prior to the completion of 24 hours of course work. The comprehensive examination consists of a six-hour written examination and a two-hour oral examination or defense. The written examination will test the candidate's knowledge and understanding of the theoretical foundations of humanities-based inquiry of environmental phenomena, the major methodological approaches in humanities-based research, and the research literature in the candidate's area of specialization.

A formal decision of "pass" or "fail" of the written examination will be made by the supervisory committee before proceeding with the oral examination. The committee will not allow an oral examination until the candidate has passed the written examination and the committee has filed the appropriate form with the Graduate Adviser.

 

Last Updated: 11/5/18